329 BC: Alexander the Great records two great ‘flying shields’

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]lexander the Great records two great silver shields, spitting fire around the rims in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army as they were attempting a river crossing. The action so panicked his elephants, horses, and men they had to abandon the river crossing until the following day.

Alexander the Great records two great silver shields, spitting fire around the rims in the sky that dived repeatedly at his army as they were attempting a river crossing. The action so panicked his elephants, horses, and men they had to abandon the river crossing until the following day.

UFO researcher Bruno Mancusi, in a posting on the UFO Updates mailing list from April 18, 2003, gives the following references to this event. These references were discovered by him and Macedonian historian Aleksander Donski. Mancusi writes:

I had an e-mails exchange in 2001 with a Macedonian historian, Aleksandar Donski, about this tale. We found the following
references:

1. Frank Edwards, ‘Stranger than Science‘, Pan, London 1963, p. 198 (1st US edition: 1959):

Alexander the Great was not the first to see them nor was he the first to find them troublesome. He tells of two strange craft that dived repeatedly at his army until the war elephants, the men, and the horses all panicked and refused to cross the river where the incident occurred. What did the things look like? His historian describes them as great shining silvery shields, spitting fire around the rims… things that came from the skies and returned to the skies.”

Unfortunately, there is no reference.

2. Alberto Fenoglio, “Cronistoria su oggetti volanti del passato – Appunti per una clipeostoria”, ‘Clypeus’ #9, 1st Semester 1966, p. 7 (See English translation by Drake below) :

“L’assedio di Tiro

Durante l’assedio di Tiro nell’anno 332 a. C. sono stati notati degli strani oggetti volanti. Giovanni Gustavo Droysen nella sua opera “Storia di Alessandro il Grande” volutamente non lo cita, ritenendolo parto di fantasia dei soldati macedoni.

La fortezza non cedeva, le sue mura verso terra erano alte una quindicina di metri e costruite cos=EC solidamente che nessuna macchina d’assedio era in grado di danneggiarle. I tirii disponevano dei pi=F9 grandi tecnici e costruttori di macchine da guerra del tempo e intercettavano per aria le frecce incendiarie ed i proiettili scagliati dalle catapulte sulla citt=E0.

Un giorno, all’improvviso, comparvero sul campo macedone i misteriosi oggetti; questi scudi volanti, come erano stati battezzati, procedevano in formazione a triangolo con in testa uno molto grosso; gli altri erano pi=F9 piccoli di circa la met=E0. In tutto erano cinque. Narra l’ignoto cronista che girarono lentamente su Tiro, mentre migliaia di guerrieri delle due fazioni stavano a guardarli stupiti. Ad un tratto, dal pi=F9 grosso degli “scudi”, part=EC come un lampo che colp=EC un tratto delle mura e queste si sbriciolarono, altri lampi seguirono e mura e torri, come se fossero solo state costruite di fango, si dissolsero, lasciando via libera agli assedianti che si rovesciarono come una valanga dalle brecce. Gli “scudi volanti” volteggiarono sulla citt=E0, finch=E8 non venne completamente espugnata, poi velocissimamente sparirono in alto, confondendosi in breve con l’azzurro del cielo.”

(See English translation by Drake below.) No reference, too.

3. Gordon Creighton, “A new FSR catalogue – The effects of UFOs on Animals, Birds and smaller creatures – Part 1″, Flying Saucer Review, vol. 16, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1970, pp. 26-28:

THE CATALOGUE-(i) B.C. TO 1946 A.D.

1. Middle East (_Reign of Alexander the Great_, 356-323 B.C.) A historian of the reign of Alexander the Great allegedly tells of two strange craft that dived repeatedly at his army, until the war elephants, the men, and all the horses panicked and refused to cross the river where the incident occurred…Thehistoriandescribesthe objects as “great shining silveryshields,spitting

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